SEPTEMBER 3, 2017, Vol 67, No 18

A LIFELINE FOR TROUBLED TRANSNATIONAL FAMILIES

The Catholic Church’s outreach to migrants living and working in Singapore through its organisation, ACMI, might be familiar with many Catholics. But writer Schutz Lee learns that there is in fact a lesser known and equally dire need that ACMI addresses amongst migrants – troubled families.

Participants attend a baking course run by ACMI, one of many skills courses provided. Photos: ACMI.

President Donald Trump’s executive order on the immigration ban in January and Brexit in June last year are real-life examples of how divisive the issue of immigrants and foreigners have become in many societies.

Stories of foreigners affected by the immigration ban in the US or by deportation from the UK post-Brexit highlight how vulnerable people can be when they are labelled a foreigner, an alien, a refugee or a migrant.

In Singapore, one organisation has been working tirelessly over the years to be the compassionate friend to all non-Singaporeans. The Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants & Itinerant People (ACMI) was commissioned as a Diocesan Migrant Ministry (DMM) in June 1998 by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Singapore.
Love is more than a feeling

John and Jane (not their real names) share their story of forgiveness and healing in their marriage through the Retrouvaille Weekend, and rediscovering God in their lives.



When John and Jane were dating, every moment with each other was sweet and romantic. In the first year, they met up every single day, no matter how busy they were. At that time, there were no mobile phones so when they had something to say to each other, they would write letters to each other or pen what they want to say in a diary that they shared.

They believed they have found their soul mate in each other, and married in 1997.

After marriage, life started to get routine. The daily drudgery of work, chores and parenting slowly weighed on them.
We congratulate priests and Religious celebrating their jubilees this year

                                                             PLATINUM JUBILEE – 70 YEARS                                                             

Daughter of St Paul Sr Lorenzina Nota



Sr Lorenzina Nota was born in Italy on Nov 29, 1923.

She joined the Daughters of St Paul on March 19, 1944, and made her first profession on March 19, 1947.

She has served in a number of countries including Italy, the US, Taiwan, Japan and SingaporeAt age 70, she was assigned to Singapore to serve as the first superior here. She has been in Singapore since.
 
During her jubilee celebration earlier this year, Sr Lorenzina said, “I would like to thank God for the gift of my life, my family and my vocation to be a member of the Daughters of St Paul. I would also like to thank God for the courage to leave everything behind and say, ‘Here I am Lord, I come to do your will.’

“Many days, months, years have passed. I have been in many different places, to carry out the mission of the congregation. I have encountered countless people. With my life and with my words, I was able to talk to them about God.

“It has not always been easy. I also encountered difficulties... What remains in me today is only joy and the marvellous fact that God has done great things in me.”

Participants of the archdiocese’s inaugural social media workshop in a group discussion.

By Amelia Desmond

More than 100 people attended the archdiocese’s inaugural social media workshop titled Blastoff!

Organised by Volunteers in the Archdiocese (VITA) Social Media and supported by ArchComms (the archdiocesan Communications Office), the aim of the workshop was to equip all participants with baseline knowledge and application of effective communication on social media platforms.

The Aug 19 workshop, held at the cathedral’s annexe building, was open to Catholic organisations and all parishes.

Pope Francis touches a statue of Our Lady of Fatima in 2015 in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. A Marian statue, blessed by the pope on Jan 11, will be in Singapore from Sept 10-18. CNS file photo

The Archdiocese of Singapore will host a pilgrim image of Our Lady of Fatima from Sept 10-18.

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, Pope Francis blessed six statues of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Jan 11, conferring upon them the title of “International Centennial Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Fatima” (“the Pilgrim Image”).

Thereafter, each of the pilgrim images were dispatched to different continents in the world, bearing the message of prayer and penance for the salvation of souls and peace in the world.